Water Environment Research (WER) publishes peer-reviewed research papers, research notes, state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management.

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Water Environment Research has an average time from submission to print publication of seven months, making it the destination for active academics and researchers. Accepted papers are published online upon acceptance, and subscribers receive innovative research from a diverse and international group of authors. WER’s download ranking on Ingenta has consistently been in the top 100 out of more than 16, 200 publications.


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The leadership of WER wants to thank the top reviewers of the last year. The academics listed below have contributed the most outstanding reviews in 2017.

Thank you for your service to the journal!

  • Daniel Cassidy, Guangbin Li, Hanzhuo Fu, Xiaojin Li, Charles Bleckmann, Jongmin Kim, James Pratt, Murat Eyvaz, W.J. Huang, Hao Chen, Chih-Ming Kao, Khalid Elwakeel, Adrian Bonilla-Petriciolet, Tian Zhang, Yi He, Grant Goedjen, Norma Beltran, Ashley Pifer, Ningshengjie Gao, Gaoke Zhang, Hamidreza Sharifan, Jaret Johnson, Murthy Kasi, Thomas O’Connor, and Shiqiang Zou




Introducing WER Open-Access
Water Environment Research is now offering the option of open-access. Authors who opt to have their article available as open-access may do so by paying an open-access fee of $1400. WER subscribers or employees* of a subscribing institution are eligible to have the fee completely waived. WEF Members who are not WER subscribers receive a 20% discount or can subscribe to WER for as low as $100 to have this fee waived. To take advantage of the open-access option, please contact WER Managing Editor, Anthony Krizel, after your paper has been accepted.

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The 2018 Literature Review is online now!

Forty-one sections of open access content on topics as diverse as stormwater, disinfection, and membranes.

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September's open access article is online now!

In their paper on thickened waste activated sludge, Chowdry et al. used long term anaerobic studies operated at detention times between 16.7 – 33.3 d (corresponding to organic loading rates of 1.21 – 3.47 kg/L m^3) to determine the fraction of unbiodegradable particulate COD.  They found a value of 0.28 which agreed well with the fraction of unbiodegradable VSS that was determined to be 0.26.  This study provides additional information for the design and operation of anaerobic digestion processes to achieve volume reduction, pathogen destruction, and energy recovery from waste active sludge.  


Congratulations to Glen Daigger et al. for winning the Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal Award for this paper: Marrying Step Feed with Secondary Clarifier Improvements to Significantly Increase Peak Wet Weather Treatment Capacity https://lnkd.in/dArQP5X

And to James L. Barnard, Patrick Dunlap, and Mark Steichen for winning the Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal for Rethinking the Mechanisms of Biological Phosphorus Removal https://lnkd.in/eM4JRMM

About WER

Published since 1928, Water Environment Research (WER) is the journal of choice for academia and water quality professionals worldwide. WER is a peer-reviewed environmental journal for the dissemination of fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality and pollution control. WER seeks to discuss complete and fully interpreted results of original research and to report studies of engineering and science applicability. An annual Literature Review provides a review of published books and articles on water quality topics from the previous year. Peer review and technical content is managed by the WER Board of Editorial Review.

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  • WEF Member: $160.00
  • Individual: $430.00
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  • Individual: $370.00
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1A signed WEF Institutional User License agreement is required for online IP access. Contact John Dugan with questions.
2Special pricing is available for institutions and companies that subscribe to more than one WEF publication. Call 1.800.666.0206 or email csc@wef.org for pricing.
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WER is a monthly journal (12 issues, including the annual online Literature Review.) Prices above reflect 2018 pricing. Individual articles can be purchased through Ingenta for $30.00 per paper.

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Please go to www.ingentaconnect.com/register/institutional and select “Register” and enter in your institution and administrator information. In the next screen you will be give two options for authentication, IP address/range and/or user name and password. Once your registration is complete, visit your “Set up Subscriptions” page and select the “Add” tab. Search for the publication you wish to add and use your WEF ID to add the publication. You will receive a confirmation message that your access has been set up. If you do not know your WEF ID please email WEF Customer Service at csc@wef.org.

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WER Premium is a member-only subscription that includes online access to the WER archives beginning in 1928. If you are a WER Premium subscriber you may access those archives on JSTOR using your WEF login via this link.

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